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Hadhrat Khalifatul Massih V (aba) delivered the sermon at Masjid Bait-ul-Futuh o n the topic of Acceptance of Prayer.

He started the sermon with an abtract from the writings of the Promised Messiah (as): It is imperative that just as an individual strives in worldly matters, so should he strive in the way of Allah. There is a proverb in Punjabi: He who asks dies a death, so die and then ask. The meaning is that it is an afflicted one who prays and that prayer is a form of de ath. If a person drinks a drop of water and claims that his great thirst has bee n slaked, he utters a falsehood. His claim would be established if he were to dr ink a bowl full of water. When prayer is offered in great tribulation so that th e soul melts and flows at the threshold of the Divine, that is true prayer and i t is Gods way that when such a prayer is offered, He accepts it or responds to it in some other manner. [Malfuzat, vol. IV, p. 340] Huzoor said that this is the reality of dua (supplication). Fortunate are those wh o understand the philosophy of acceptance of prayer and supplicate earnestly and profoundly, with full belief and trust in the existence of God Almighty, who ha s the power to accept prayers. The only way to seek help or guidance from Allah Almighty or to attain Gods favou rs is for one to supplicate with all God-given faculties and energies and concen trate in earnest towards Allah. It is our experience that Allah Almighty accepts such prayers or guides the one who supplicates if the prayer cannot be accepted and grants him contentment of the heart on the resolution of his prayer. At another occasion, the Promised Messiah (as) states: Prayer is a wonderful thing. It is a pity that those who pray are not aware of th e true manner of prayer, nor are they acquainted with the ways of the acceptance of prayer. The truth is that the very reality of prayer has become strange. The re are some who deny the effectiveness of prayer altogether. There are others wh o do not deny it, but as their prayers are not accepted on account of their lack of knowledge of the manner of prayer and are not prayers in the true sense, the ir condition is worse than that of those who deny the effectiveness of prayer. T heir practical condition has pushed many others to the verge of atheism. The first condition for prayer is that a supplicant should not get tired and bec ome a prey to despair that nothing will happen. The ones who benefitted the most from the knowledge and wisdom imparted by the P romised Messiah (as) were his companions who gained first-hand training from him . In fact, the advent of the Promised Messiah (as) caused many around the world to experience the power of prayer, and through this experience, their faith gain ed strength and advanced in spirituality. Huzoor (aba) then recounted incidents from the lives of the companions of the Promised Messiah (as) to illustrate thei r experiences of acceptance of prayer. Mian Mohammad Nawaz Khan Sahib narrates his experience of 1906, Sialkot, when th e plague epidemic was escalating and the rate of mortality was rising exponentia lly. As he was lying in bed, he could feel the onset of plague himself as well. At that point, he prayed: O Lord, I have accepted your chosen one, yet I have con tracted the plague as well. Miraculously, as a result of the prayer, by the next morning, he had recovered fully. His companion, by the name of Muhammad Shah, wh o had contracted the disease at the same time, passed away. Hadhrat Khalifatul Massih Nooruddin Sahib narrates that once, he was travelling

on foot from Jammu to Kashmir via Gujrat. On his way, he had the opportunity to supplicate in earnest about his situation, mainly his finances. After that day, he was never pressed for money and was endowed with means from places where he l east expected. Hadhrat Ameer Khan Sahib narrates that in 1915, his son Abdullah was afflicted w ith plague and within 2 days, the fever had rendered him so weak that when he re turned from work, his sons condition had deteriorated extensively. At that time, he was his only child. The mother could not watch her child suffer, so she asked the father to care for him. The heat was intense and the small house and loneli ness was causing extreme claustrophobia. In this situation, he picked up his son and leaned him against his shoulder, and with tears in his eyes, he supplicated to God Almighty that O Lord, in this grave situation, there is no one else besi des You Who can alleviate our suffering. It is only You Who can grant complete h ealth from this ailment. He prayed with such intensity, and then he was inspired in his heart to recite a certain verse of the Holy Quran and pass his hand repeatedly over his sons body. He did this, with tears flowing through his eyes, within in a matter of few min utes, the fever dissipated and the child recovered from the disease miraculously . Hadhrat Chaudhry Ameer Muhammad Khan sahib narrates an incident, where his wife was under treatment in a clinic for a foot condition and had undergone several s urgeries yet the foot condition had not improved. The nurse suggested that it ma y be best to cut the foot at the ankle so that the limb does not become gangreno us as well. After consultation within his household, he gave the consent for the amputation. As he was not allowed into the operation theatre, he decided to off er supererogatory prayers, and supplicated: O Lord, You are The Most Omnipotent and have power over everything. Please save my wifes foot from being amputated an d from her becoming handicapped for the rest of her life. After he finished his supplication, he was told that the surgeon refused to ampu tate the foot and decided to operate on it himself, and thus his wife was saved from this lifelong handicap. Hadhrat Ameer Khan Sahib narrates a time in his life when he was experiencing a financial crisis in his life. He prayed, and then during Ramadan, he had further opportunity to supplicate and then during itikaf, he prayed even more. At this point, he received a revelation in Punjabi that the difficult situation will be alleviated soon. However, the period of the financial was prolonged and then he was blessed with a son and soon after he was hired as sub-inspector with good mo nthly wages. Babu Abdur Rehman Sahib was travelling along with Chaudhry Rustum Ali Sahib to Q adian on a horse carriage on an unpaved road. In Qadian, he performed baiat at th e hands of Promised Messiah (as) and returned home to Batala. Upon his return, h is home was undergoing construction on the first floor, but before construction could begin on the upper level, he fell ill, so much so that his fever elevated to 104. This lasted for several days. Rustum Ali Sahib visited him every day, pr ayed for him and wrote letters to the Promised Messiah (as) requesting prayers. One afternoon, he saw his deceased sister in a vision who said that your prayer has been accepted. When he woke up, he saw his wife, sister-in-law, brother and sons and asked them where was his sister that he had seen in the vision. Followi ng this episode, he fell unconscious and remained in that state for several days , so much so that the members of the family gave up hope of his survival. Rustum Ali Sahib fervently prayed for his recovery because Chaudhry Sahib had fallen i ll soon after taking Baiat and if he died, then it would leave a very bad impress ion on his family and friends and other newly converted Ahmadis. The result of t

hese prayers was such that Chaudhry Sahibs health started to improve and within o ne month, he was completely recovered. Hafiz Mubarak Ahmad Sahib relates that Hadhrat Maulvi Nooruddin held Maulvi Khan Malik Sahib in great reverence because during years of education, he used to re quest him to pray that he may be able to achieve a high spiritual status. Khan S ahib had prayed for him and also told him that indeed he would achieve a very hi gh spiritual status. Abdus Sattar Sahib, son of Abdullah Sahib, had a vision 3 days before the earthq uake that resulted as the fulfilment of the Promised Messiah (as)s prophecy that Huzoor (as) was seated in his house and he requested him to pray as the villager s were ill-treating them. Huzoor (as) responded in Punjabi that indeed that is w hat I do, to which he said that he should pray for them separately, and the Prom ised Messiah (as) raised one hand and started to pray. The earthquake ensued, an d thus he grabbed Hadhrat Massih Mauood (as) so that he would not fall. After he woke up, he decided to travel to Qadian. He went to visit the Promised Messiah (as) who said that this dream means that you will be saved, and repeated these w ords three times. Some time later, his wife and daughter were afflicted with the plague. The villa gers threatened them that if anything were to happen to them, the villagers woul d not even give them a decent burial. As a result, he fervently prayed to God an d the words of the Promised Messiah (as) were fulfilled to the letter, as they w ere all saved from the plague. Hadhrat Ghulam Rusool Sahib Vazeerabadi also narrates his experience during his visit to Lahore when the prophecy was published in the paper which was fulfilled in the success of the lecture which later became the Philosophy of the teaching s of Islam. At the time of his visit, he was suffering from a certain ailment. A fter the success of the lecture, he prayed to God Almighty and said that O Lord, if this is the person You have chosen and whose advent was prophesied by the Pr ophet Muhammad (saw), then please grant me complete recovery from this illness. His prayer was thus afflicted and he never suffered from the illness again. Huzoor (aba) recounted a few other incidents from the lives of the Companions of the Promised Messiah (as). The Promised Messiah (as) always supplicated and urg ed his companions to do the same. Huzoor (aba) narrated the prophecy related to the illuminated star. Tadhkirah re cords the prophecy in the following words: Thereafter, the manner in which this prophecy was fulfilled is the following. Exa ctly on March 31, 1907the completion of twenty-five days from March 7a huge fiery flame appeared in the sky and, with a frightening flash, was observed over a dis tance of more than seven hundred miles (according to present observation; it mig ht have been more) to be falling upon the earth. Thousands of people watched thi s phenomenon and some of them fell down senseless by its impact and had to be ad ministered water to revive. Most of those who observed it have described it as a fiery ball that appeared to fall upon the earth and then to rise towards the sk y in the form of smoke. [Tatimma Haqiqatul-Wahi, p. 82, Ruhani Khazain, vol. 22, p. 518] With the narration of these incidents, the aspiration is to revive a persons fait h in the acceptance of prayer. These incidents were surely a source of strengthe ning of faith for the companions of the Promised Messiah (as). Therefore, we sho uld also follow suit and make earnest efforts in supplicating the way supplicati ons are supposed to be made. Huzoor (aba) also urged Ahmadi Muslims around the world to pray for world peace

in face of the looming catastrophic wars the world is facing today. Huzoor (aba) informed viewers around the world that he is leaving for a tour of Canada and U SA for a few weeks and requested prayers for a successful tour and jalsa.